Aaron Pitchkolan

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Aaron Pitchkolan
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Personal information
Full name Aaron Pitchkolan
Date of birth (1983-03-14) March 14, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Aurora, Colorado, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Minnesota United FC
Number 4
Youth career
2001 Tampa Spartans
2002–2004 West Virginia Mountaineers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Boulder Rapids Reserve 19 (2)
2005–2009 FC Dallas 68 (5)
2009 San Jose Earthquakes 9 (0)
2010 Rochester Rhinos 25 (3)
2011 Puerto Rico Islanders 27 (3)
2012 San Antonio Scorpions 23 (2)
2013– Minnesota United FC 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 6, 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aaron Pitchkolan (born March 14, 1983 in Aurora, Colorado) is an American soccer player currently playing for Minnesota United FC in the North American Soccer League.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Pitchkolan played high school soccer at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora.[1] He also featured for club sides Real Colorado and Cherry Creek Lightning and the his local Olympic Development team.[1] He began his college career at University of Tampa where he played in 19 games as a freshman and helped the team win the NCAA Division II championship.[2] Pitchkolan transferred to West Virginia University where he played in 54 games scoring 11 goals over three seasons.[3] In the college offseason, Pitchkolan played in the USL Premier Development League for Boulder Rapids Reserve.

Professional[edit]

Pitchkolan was bypassed in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft and had to wait until the second round of the Supplemental Draft to be selected.[1] Pitchkolan appeared in his first MLS game on May 15, 2005 as a substitute for Carey Talley in a game against the Colorado Rapids. His first goal came a game later on May 22, 2005 in a 5-2 win against Chivas USA. In all, Pitchkolan played in 20 games scoring 3 goals in his first MLS season. In 2006, Pitchkolan featured in only 10 games, all as a substitute, and playing a total of 94 minutes for the first team. A highlight of his season was his stoppage time winner against the Kansas City Wizards on April 23, 2006 in a match that ended 3-2.[4] In 2007, Pitchkolan made the transition to center back, a position he occasionally played in college. He made 16 appearances, 11 as starts, but did not score any goals. In 2008, he played 21 games, starting in nine and scored one goal. He was used as cover for Dallas' veteran defender, Duilio Davino. Aaron was one of three players to be active for all 30 regular season games along with Kenny Cooper and Dominic Oduro. Pitch was left unprotected for the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft, but he was not selected.[5]

On April 28, 2009, FC Dallas traded Pitchkolan to the San Jose Earthquakes for a conditional pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft,[6] but was later put on waivers on March 4, 2010.

He subsequently signed for the Rochester Rhinos of the USSF Division 2 Professional League in April 2010. On February 25, 2011 it was announced that the Puerto Rico Islanders had acquired his rights from the Rhinos.[7]

In January of 2013, Pitchkolan was signed by Minnesota United FC. With a header to feed Lucas Rodriguez, Pitchkolan recorded the club's first assist on April 20 against FC Edmonton. The next week, he scored his first goal with Minnesota, a game-winner in a 3-2 victory at Atlanta. Pitchkolan scored two goals and contributed one assist in 2013, playing 1,665 minutes with 20 appearances for Minnesota. He was named to the NASL Best XI in 2013 for playing a key role on the defense and was selected to the NASL Team of The Week three times throughout the year. [8]

Honors[edit]

Rochester Rhinos[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Aaron Pitchkolan Player Bio". FC Dallas. 2009-01-18. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  2. ^ Hunt, Steve (2008-12-09). "College Cup memories for Hoops trio". MLSnet.com. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Aaron Pitchkolan WVU stats". WVU Stats. 2009-01-18. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  4. ^ Hunt, Steve (2006-04-24). "'Pitch' proves a good catch for FCD". MLSnet.com. Retrieved 2009-01-18. [dead link]
  5. ^ "MLS Expansion Draft on Nov. 26". MLSnet.com. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  6. ^ Goff, Steven (2009-04-28). "Dallas Roster Move(s)". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  7. ^ Islanders, Puerto Rico (2011-02-25). "Los Islanders adquieren a Aaron Pitchkolan". prislandersfc.com. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  8. ^ http://www.mnunitedfc.com/team/roster/player/uuid/1ob2uq94dz1441vot4xpzkav21/aaron-pitchkolan

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